Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

Spring 1997


Published in Great Plains Research 7:1 (Spring 1997). Copyright © 1997 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


The precise nature of pre-reservation Comanche political organization has long been a vexing question. Key issues include the meaning of numerous reported names for Comanche-speaking subgroups and the construction of power and authority within and across these units. The present work is the most successful attempt to clarify ethnonyms and describe Comanche organizational principles.

Comanche Political History offers a valuable synthesis and interpretation and will be useful to a variety of scholars.